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RWBY S:2| J.J. Castillo and Gray Haddock Guest On World Of Remnant 1; Extracurricular Activities E:5 | AfterBuzz TV AfterShow

Things got busy this weekend.  There wasn’t much.  We have already confirmed that Cinder’s dress has dust in it—-they basically confirmed it more strongly this time.  Of course, they can not give away much.

There were two things that caught my attention.  One thing they avoided very obviously was Dust Tattoos.  They themselves said they couldn’t get a direct answer, and now…for some reason, I am thinking of Adam.  I don’t know why.  Maybe just the design on his coat looks so tattoo-ish.  well, it is upcoming.

They also indicated that there will be a character based on the Cheshire cat.  That is just beyond awesome—I can not even begin to imagine.  And then mostly banter and review of the episode which mostly aligned with what we already know, minus spoilers or conspiracies.  I am starting to get used to how the Afterbuzz works.  Still not my cup of tea, but I love getting to hear the extra stuff and hints.  Maybe I don’t like it because it reminds me of Radio DJs and I never liked those.   Not their fault.  I still recommend you check it out if you haven’t by now ;)

You know, the more we put team CRDL down, the more I feel like…there might be something more to them.  I mean, we don’t know *why* they are the way they are….and I don’t think Monty is the type to make bad guys who are bad just to be bad for the story.  We have already seen that Cinder has some pent up rage against her enemies…like they might have done something to her to set her off.  What if there is more reason behind why CRDL, specifically Cardin, are the way they are…And the question is, will it hit home and make us feel a little sympathy or just understanding into the character. I do love those evil people who actually have a reason to be bad.  The kind where you go..yeah, I could see that situation making me turn down that path.  Monty said they draw a lot from their parents.  Also, the fact that there is no cohesion within the team is kind of catching my attention.  It doesn’t seem like something Beacon would tolerate for long…unless they use those kinds of people to prepare their students for the type of people on the outside world…..



I am getting very curious about the bad guys.  If Monty can really twist this, give us a solid reason and maybe even make us feel a little bit like kind of supporting the enemies in some ways, or at least understanding them and sympathizing with them…that would be awesome.  I mean, what if one of Cinder’s parents was taken out by or with Ruby’s…and all because of a choice that Ozpin made.  Some people can not adjust well to loosing their parents…or both.  What if Cardin’s family is one of those over-bearing, verbally abusive bigots who refused to allow Cardin to show any sign of weakness.  Maybe his father was the type who would freak out if he cried as a boy or something like that.  I really want to know what is making these baddies tick…and if they are truly as bad as they seem.

Let’s face it…Cinder has a point.  When you are dealing with your enemies, overpowering them is useless.  Taking away their strength is far more effective.  It is a tactic I would try myself.  But usually, only people who have been weak learn to use those tactics.  People who are naturally strong only know about brute force and overpowering.  People who are naturally weaker have to use their greatest strength to win. 

wow, that just painted a whole new picture of Cinder.  She is obviously really powerful now, but what if she wasn’t always like that.  Huh…lots of ideas right now…..

Oooo we are getting some hints about the other characters in this episode!!  We see some romance blooming, dying, and the poor guys really getting slammed down.

This was one of those really satisfying, low-paced episodes that brought to mind many things.  First of all, we learn a bit about Pyrrha.

First of all, Pyrrha is a bad ass.  I mean, seriously, she took on Team CRDL all by her lonesome, then took on another match, then trained Jaune.  But when Mercury fingered her (as in chose her to fight, since some people can be immature), I knew immediately why—-he wanted to see what her semblance was.  Later in the episode, we see Mercury, Emerald and Cinder discussing the students at Beacon to—-as I noted after the third episode—examine and check the enemies.  Apparently they are keeping some kind of list, and Pyrrha got added to it.  Poor Pyrrha, she seems to be on a lot of people’s hit list :(  Anyway, Mercury gives us a bit of a description about how Pyrrha uses her gift so subtly that people don’t even notice it.  We were hinted at this during the Jaune Arc (bad pun) near the end.  So far, only Team RWBY has seen Pyrrha use her semblance in an obvious manner.  Mercury points out that she only makes small adjustments so that no one really notices what she is doing, thus giving her the air of invincibility.  Pyrrha is really cunning.  This actually gives us a new side of Pyrrha.  She isn’t just supportive, she is a bit of a manipulator and illusionist (if you will let me make the exaggeration ;)  

Cinder makes it very clear about her vehemence.  Some kind of hatred is spurring her forward, but it is unclear what it is exactly.  She says it isn’t about overpowering, it’s about finding what makes them powerful and taking it away.  And at the end of their discussion, she holds up a small, thin…thing?  I am not exactly sure what that is.  At first I thought it was a hair, but it stands up perfectly straight.  So maybe a pin?  But what does that have to do with anything?  It is very very curious….

And Cinder’s speech made me think about the story I wrote.  In the story, the Grimm was able to suck out Nora’s aura (or most of it). Now that Cinder is talking about taking away what makes them powerful, I was wondering how literal this was.  Of course, revealing Pyrrha’s semblance would take away some of her invincibility status and thus part of what makes her powerful, but what about actually being able to negate or drain out Aura to make an opponent weak and helpless.  It also got me thinking about what kind of role the moon could possibly play in this whole scenario.

See, Monty is a fan of Final Fantasy as well as other RPG and fighter stories, plus various animes.  Many times, the moon is usually used as some kind of focus.  For example, Monsters and a very evil Sorceress were trapped near and on the moon in Final Fantasy 8.  Now I am starting to wonder if the Grimm are similar—-connected to the moon.  As the moon breaks away, it leads to the release of some kind of mega-Grimm.  It would be the kind of thing one either wanted to prevent, no matter what the cost, or control to gain power of their own.  It would be a weak explanation for the Dust hording, as regular hunters/huntresses probably wouldn’t be able to take on the beast on their own.  Anyway, whether or not this has any bearing is based on nothing but speculation—but I have been having a good run of being either partly right, or at least on the right track, or even right XD

Pyrrha Nikkos.  I really truly ache for her.  Obviously Jaune is greatly improving because of her.  She seems to be a great teacher and to know a lot.  But then there was that little dialogue between them.  I could hear the “nudge nudge wink wink” strain in her voice, and a bit of desperation.  Jaune doesn’t realize that boys do not see her as acceptable material for dating.  She can take them out—-and that is simply unacceptable for some masculine pride.  That, or they are intimidated or afraid of her, or they see her as just one of the guys.  I felt so heartbroken for her when her face fell at Jaune’s comment.  But I also predict a dress-wearing Jaune in the near future…that makes me both sad and happy.

I love this show because people are not what they seemed at first glance.  There is so much depth to them!!

We get more hints about Weiss’ life—-and we understand why she is completely dismissing Jaune.  She can not seem to believe that any guy would be interested in her for any reason except her name.  Even though she is obviously interested in Neptune, she probably thinks that if he likes her, it is for the same reason—she is heiress to Schnee company, and she thinks that is all boys see.  That whole “who is Weiss Schnee” post I made a few days ago is getting more and more accurate with every passing episode.

Okay, now to the nitty-gritty.  Blake Belladonna.  Monty and team has pointed out that Blake was one of the hardest characters, not only to write for, but to voice for her and to even name her.  She is really growing and blossoming as a character.  We are seeing just how obsessed she can get, and it fits in perfectly with her upbringing mostly among the White Fang.  Her parents and most of the people she has been around are fanatics—they are obsessed with their goal to the point where they can not be reasoned with, and she is demonstrating this same pattern with her inability to relax and let go of the issue at hand at the moment.  The rings under her eyes was a great touch, subtle yet with a very powerful message about what kind of person she is.  Basically, she has a very addictive personality.  She finds something and clings to it to the exclusion of all else.  Seeing the team actually do a little intervention with her was a great touch to showing how tightly the team is becoming.  

But these kinds of obsessions are just like drugs.  Once you are addicted, it is hard to even realize you have a problem.  She is another character that has probably never really had much of a childhood.  It makes me wonder what kind of pressure she used to always be under, and if maybe the White Fang exploited that characteristic in her in some way.  She completely burns poor sun, who obviously really likes her!  I winced openly and just wanted to pat his head, give him a hug and tell him everything would be all right.  He looked so down-trodden by her rejection.

So we see a lot of hormones running high.  Sun likes Blake, Blake is oblivious and obsessed.  Jaune likes Weiss, but Weiss is not interested and thinks he only wants her title and money as most boys do.  Weiss is infatuated by Neptune because of his pop-star status—-I mean, wait, no not that. :D  Neptune is interested in all girls, though we do see that he is impressed with Yang quite a bit.  Pyrrha is smitten with Jaune, who is so blind and oblivious it is painful.  This is getting seriously complicated. :P

And we have a dance coming up..this weekend.  So in another couple of episodes?  Or sooner?  A dance that Yang and Weiss have been asked to plan in place of the CFVY  team, since team CFVY is still out on a mission that is taking longer than expected.  Evil Monty, keeping CFVY a secret for even longer!  Anyway, this actually gives us some information about Yang—-she is a party planner.  It kind of doesn’t surprise me due to the social nature we were privy to earlier and her attitude all around, but her and Weiss working together on this dance should be interesting.  They have somewhat different styles and tastes, so I can see an episode showing us what the two of them alone together are like.  And no, i don’t think this is a nudge to the shippers of this pair. Yang and Weiss have that kind of personality that you can see them planning and preparing a dance.  Ruby?  I just don’t see it.  She is a great, happy kid and would be fun at parties, but her setting up a dance or party just doesn’t seem right.  And Blake?  Not in a million years.  Even if she wasn’t a half-zombie, she would feel the same about dances.  She just wouldn’t have been as cruel about turn Sun down if she had been more like herself.

Jaune’s little song just made me crack up and cringe at the same time.  He is trying so hard.  It was a nice little break in all the seriousness.

Thinking of the dance reminded me of a scene in the trailer where Jaune sees Pyrrha walking up stairs in a  beautiful red dress.  And suddenly, that scene became the saddest scene ever because now I know that that will be the moment that Jaune realizes she is completely alone.  I am really anxious for that episode just for that scene.  You see, while I really feel for Weiss as well, I can related to Pyrrha in being the girl who *never* got asked to a dance, and in some ways round about High school, it was for similar reasons.  That moment is probably going to make me a bit teary-eyed.

In any case, the dance is not going to be the magical, wonderful thing we hope.  This isn’t the Gala.  Cinder is going to set her plan into motion round about then, I think.  It is, indeed, the perfect time when everyone’s guard is down.  

And I still don’t believe the stolen robot thing.  :P  I think when we usually hear Yang make small side comments like that, it is a warning.  It just seems right…  Then there is the Schnee company being the main target.  Well, that makes sense as they are also the main providers of Dust.  The main operation seems to be SE of Vale.  Vale is becoming a main focus of White Fang and Cinder for some reason, and it is probably tied to Ozpin.

Okay, just a couple of more points.  First of all, I am pretty sure that Pyrrha does not use her semblance during training.  Second, now we get an idea that Semblances are mostly found during school training, or maybe parents at times.  Jaune never had any training at all, so he has no idea what his semblance is.  We got a hint about it back at the end of his Arc along with a hint about his symbol.  I wonder if symbols are like Cutie marks—they appear or are understood when you discover your Semblance.

So what does Cinder have planned for this dance?  Why is she so vicious and spiteful…something really frosted her cookies, and it seems to be related to Vale and Beacon.  What is that pin-type thing she is holding?  Ugh, always so many questions!!!  And my god, I swear her eyes a reptilian.  You can see it so clearly in the ending shot.  I seriously think that Cinder is going to basically recruit team CRDL.  There is something about them that just screams “not hunter material” but makes them perfect for Cinder and her syndicate.  

gosh…lots of little things just popping into my head.  Did anyone else notice that Cinder has a very similar painting to the one Weiss had when they were fixing up their Dorm room in volume 1?

Also, we learned that even as students, they are sent on various missions as part of their training.  So my little story hit the mark again.  I love it when that happens :D  

Okay.  I am going to give this a break, watch this wonderful episode again just for pleasure, and if anything else jumps forward I will post it.  I definitely feel like we are getting lots more information here, not just about characters but about the plot as well.  Oh, and it looks like I can watch the afterbuzz as it streams!  That is rare! :D

I think I just had a spastic asthma attack when I got the box this evening—-after all classes were done and I was feeling kind of exhausted—-and found the last two characters.  I can not even begin to describe how happy I am right now.  I actually have a whole set of something that I love dearly!  I have never had a collection…they usually peter out because rocks and stuff lol.

Yes, they are still in their boxes—-and that is where they will safely stay until I have a descent display thingy for them.  Keeps them together, keeps them dust free—-and god forbid an earthquakes, at least I won’t loose any pieces.  God I am so happy right now! :D  Now to run off to listen to the soundtrack whilst working on my little project :)
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I think I just had a spastic asthma attack when I got the box this evening—-after all classes were done and I was feeling kind of exhausted—-and found the last two characters.  I can not even begin to describe how happy I am right now.  I actually have a whole set of something that I love dearly!  I have never had a collection…they usually peter out because rocks and stuff lol.

Yes, they are still in their boxes—-and that is where they will safely stay until I have a descent display thingy for them.  Keeps them together, keeps them dust free—-and god forbid an earthquakes, at least I won’t loose any pieces.  God I am so happy right now! :D  Now to run off to listen to the soundtrack whilst working on my little project :)
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I think I just had a spastic asthma attack when I got the box this evening—-after all classes were done and I was feeling kind of exhausted—-and found the last two characters.  I can not even begin to describe how happy I am right now.  I actually have a whole set of something that I love dearly!  I have never had a collection…they usually peter out because rocks and stuff lol.

Yes, they are still in their boxes—-and that is where they will safely stay until I have a descent display thingy for them.  Keeps them together, keeps them dust free—-and god forbid an earthquakes, at least I won’t loose any pieces.  God I am so happy right now! :D  Now to run off to listen to the soundtrack whilst working on my little project :)
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I think I just had a spastic asthma attack when I got the box this evening—-after all classes were done and I was feeling kind of exhausted—-and found the last two characters.  I can not even begin to describe how happy I am right now.  I actually have a whole set of something that I love dearly!  I have never had a collection…they usually peter out because rocks and stuff lol.

Yes, they are still in their boxes—-and that is where they will safely stay until I have a descent display thingy for them.  Keeps them together, keeps them dust free—-and god forbid an earthquakes, at least I won’t loose any pieces.  God I am so happy right now! :D  Now to run off to listen to the soundtrack whilst working on my little project :)

For your viewing pleasure—Blake Belladonna in watercolors! :)  I have just started exploring painting and watercolor and needed a break from studies to play.  Who better to play with than the strong-willed Faunus we all love? :)  It is interesting that Monty pointed out how Blake was one of the hardest to make a name for on his twitter today.  Personality, naming, and watercolor—-all of them show how stubborn she can be :D

Enjoy!  Counting down the days till Friday (well, most people’s Thursday).
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For your viewing pleasure—Blake Belladonna in watercolors! :)  I have just started exploring painting and watercolor and needed a break from studies to play.  Who better to play with than the strong-willed Faunus we all love? :)  It is interesting that Monty pointed out how Blake was one of the hardest to make a name for on his twitter today.  Personality, naming, and watercolor—-all of them show how stubborn she can be :D

Enjoy!  Counting down the days till Friday (well, most people’s Thursday).

Animals and Dust

I went to sleep last night with dreams of RWBY in my head—and, much like with the Aura Rage story, I got an awesome idea.  I must totally draw this and I will—-after I finish the other major RWBY project.  So yeah,  I will have my own concept of these things up there  eventually:)  but I will share the idea with you guys now.

So on Thursday (my Friday) we learned all about Dust—how Aura triggers a reaction that allows Dust to produce the powers and energy.  Dust is used for just about everything—-it is a major fuel source for Remnant.  That being said, Monty confirmed that animals also have Aura.  Which means that animals can also potentially trigger Aura.

Now, Remnant has not always been the steam-punk-esque marvel we see. They were once more medieval.  All cultures go through a growth in technology, and Jaune’s heirloom Sword and Shield gives us a bit of a hint as to how much the technology has advanced over time.  That means that there was, of course, a time where Remnant citizens relied on beasts of burden for their daily transportation and maybe even fighting.  IE, horses, donkeys, oxen, etc.

I imagine that in the history of Remnant, prior to airships, tanks, or cars, they had Dust Steeds.  Specially  bred warhorses that utilize Dust-infused armor and tack that is strategically developed to enhance strength, speed and stamina.  Within the breed of Dust Steeds are the elite horses that have just enough intelligence to utilize Dust on command.  The increase in intelligence is due to generations of exposure to Dust.  Back in the day, the steeds would be paired off young with knights so that they could form a trusting bond, allowing better control and direction of the horses.  The Elite were held among the nobility and top brass.

With the advance of technology, Dust Steeds became less necessary and now are mostly extinct, being held as signs of wealth.  I have more ideas about how excessive dust might have made it more difficult to breed the animals, and that “unacceptables” were disposed of to keep the breed pure.  Anyway, that is my idea.  I think, given Remnant’s history (what little we know of it) this is completely possible.

I spent a long time doing research and got the ideas all figured out and fine-tuned.  Last chance to help decide the order that they will be presented in.  You can vote on FB or on RT :)

https://apps.facebook.com/my-polls/?fb_source=bookmark&ref=bookmarks&count=0&fb_bmpos=_0

http://roosterteeth.com/members/journal/entry.php?id=3163898

So far, the totals for both poles:
Ruby has 5 votes

Weiss has 1 vote

Blake has 4

Yang has 1

We need a tie-breaker for Weiss and Yang :).

Hello my lovelies!  No, I have not abandoned you ^_^  After watching the live stream, I had to work—-then sleep—then work.  I know, some of that is overrated.  But now I am ready because yesterday had so many hints and lots of information.  I had my notepad handy and was taking notes like any diligent student.

So first up:
DUST

In the video, it was confirmed that Dust is a very important part of Remnant.  It comes in several forms, and those can be combined to create new types of Dust.  When the picture flashed by, it looked a lot like the four elements.  You have red, blue, yellow, and green.  If you are familiar with pagan studies, yellow is often a color used for air.  You can’t really associate the primary crystals with the girls because…Blake is not Green and they are not in order.  It is possible that dust follows the Chinese elemental system, but that is five elements not four.  Those would be metal, wood, fire, water, and earth.  It is easy to get carried away because there are many elemental systems.  I am betting that Monty is going with the simplest that most are familiar with: earth, air, fire and water.

It is unknown how or why, but aura acts as a catalyst for Dust, triggering its powers and making it useable.  There are several ways that people have used Dust.  It was primarily used in its raw form.  As technology advanced, it was used in everything from weapons to daily items, powering most of Remnant.  It was also said to be fused into clothing, and (probably the most dangerous) into the body itself.

During the live stream, it was strongly hinted at (practically confirmed) that Dust is a finite source, and that it is mined from the planet—NOT the moon.  The moon will play a part later in the story, but Dust does not seem to be the main thing.  Before arguing that maybe the Dust came from the moon, it was clearly stated that the material was mined from the planet—mined means taken out of.  It is possible, however, that the moon has more dust…or something else….

Dust being a finite resource doesn’t come as a surprise, given Torchwick’s speech about how well he was doing his job by driving up Dust prices and clearing the market of all product.

So given all that, we can be reasonably sure that Ruby and Cinder have Dust in their clothing (cloak and dress respectively).  It is possible, given how Cinder’s eyes glow and behave, that Cinder has also taken Dust into her own body.  The history lesson did not make clear on how taking it into your body worked—-if you could put it into a specific place or if it just kind of filled your whole blood stream.  So does this mean it is possible that Yang infused Dust into her hair?  That would seem like something she would do…who knows?  But the more they describe dust, especially with it being fusible into the body, makes me more certain that it might have drug-like qualities.  Imagine people getting addicted to the power rush of the fusing.  It did look kind of painful in the video, and pain often fires off endorphins that create a high.  Oh, and that leaves it open as to how Glynda might have Dust—-either in her clothing or self.

With Dust being so important to the world of Remnant, and being a finite source, it leaves the story open to all sorts of explosions.  Ironwood could well be aware of the shortage of Dust and is preparing for the war of the Kingdoms that would result from such a catastrophe.  Or…well, lots of possibilities there.

And there is one more thing they threw into the mix—-animals have Aura (because Monty likes dogs).  So this puts animals on a different level from Grimm, and also leaves open the very cool possibility of Dust-infused animals.  Can you imagine a souped-up war horse on Dust?  That would be so awesome!  Basically, every living thing that has a soul has Aura, and thus has the potential to use Dust because Aura triggers Dust.  I think what separates Human/Faunus from Animals is the ability to consciously use Dust.  Now is he going to go all Pocahontas and have plants/rocks/etc use Dust, or just keep it to animals and people?  Can you imagine a crazed man-eating plant on Dust?  Scary!

KINGDOMS
They briefly talk about the board game and the kingdoms, though they didn’t clarify completely continent names.  We know Vale is where Beacon is.  Vacuo is also a kingdom, not a continent, and is where Sun was from—-they give lots of hints about strong sunlight, so I guess I was wrong about Vacuo being in the North.  Thinking about it, if Vacuo and Vale are on the same continent it does make more sense to put Weiss and Blake on opposite sides—-and blocking wise, it makes the interaction between Yang and Ruby easier.  So poo.  I was wrong on the map.  Gonna have to rethink it.  The mention Atlas/Mantel, but don’t really confirm that it was a kingdom or Continent.  Haven has Mistral, which is where a lot of people are from or claim to have come from.  So I guess that does put Mistral up North?  They said that they really need to get a map up—I agree!

Other places they mention, but don’t confirm exactly what kind of place— Patch, Signal (we know this is an academy) and Menagerie (we know this was the reservation for Faunus in the far south)

As for the dragons on the map—Monty says they are coincidence.  I think it is fate :)  

As for the board game—-they said there were a lot of clues about Remnant through that board game if you take the time to listen to the banter that is slightly covered by the music.  So I was right in taking that stuff down and taking it seriously.  It still leaves lots of questions, but we can see that there is a certain relationship between different kingdoms.  My big question is what is the Mistral Trade Route—-or more specifically *how*.  You think of airships based on transportation, but if the MTR is a part of the longer history of Remnant, then it originally either had to be completely on foot, or over sea.  Looking at the map, both options seem very dangerous…but that is the case with trade.  I still think it is very similar to the Silk Road, thus mostly foot/burdened animals and connects Vale to whatever kingdom is on the same continent (Vacuo, right?)  But then, why would she have the MTR if Weiss was Vacuo?  So then from the north across the sea?  Ugh…I dunno.

SUN and his TEAM

Confirmation now that Sun’s team name is…well, Sun.  (sssn).  Really, that is all there is to say.  They won’t say anything else.  Well, there was some interesting trivia.  Neptune was originally part of a different team and was moved onto Sun’s.  Now it leaves the question of *how* they became a team, because Sun is from Vacuo and Neptune is from Haven.  I have a feeling that Sun and his team are going to be very VERY interesting.  His team is one of the first teams, prior to JNPR, so that is cool ^_^

SEMBLANCES and ACADEMIES
Okay, I thought this was cool and it makes perfect sense.  Semblances are, well, not exactly inherited from parents, but kind of passed down through the family.  This makes perfect sense, as parents often teach their kids skills that match up with theirs.  Monty and them even said that they were thinking of the parents when they were thinking of semblances.  This makes me a bit excited, because it really opens the possibility that Ruby really did inherit her cloak from her Mother.  That would be so cool, and I would be ecstatic to find that I was right about something so major. ^_^

So not only are these hunters/huntresses learning from their parents, but they go to additional schools to learn more about fighting.  This actually helps explain why Ruby and her team are already so strong at what they do.  They have literally been preparing for these kinds of things all their lives.  Given the world that they live in, that makes sense.  It was also kind of confirmed that the academies like Beacon *are* like colleges and that there are other types of these schools for other occupations.  Beacon is for the cream of the crop, indicating that it is the top “college” on Remnant.  I love being right, or seem to be right.

We get a little more about the various characters.  For example, Arryn talks about how Blake becomes very obsessed with getting certain things done and that she is very strong willed (didn’t I already say she was strong willed?  Sure I did, way back during the Emerald Forest when I talked about how she wouldn’t let fate determine her life and how she *chose* her partner).  It was again confirmed that Cinder could pass for a Senior student—-so I was right about her story!  Love that :)  And they talked a bit about the thing under Jaune’s breast plate.  Yes, it is his symbol.  They said they hinted at it in volume 1—and I remember that scene.  It was with Cardin, when he was getting beat up and his Aura kicked in to protect him.  It was flashed on the screen—-looked pretty cool. :)

One of the last world-things they mentioned is that yes, there is religion, but it will probably be a while to get into it.

FAUNUS

Okay.  This is the one everyone probably got all excited about.  Monty and team did confirm that there are many *many* kinds of Faunus, and not just mammals.  Some are rarer than others, and they don’t always have a visible connection to their animal counter parts.  Oh, and yes, Faunus and Humans can interbreed.  They even hinted that there was already some…oh wait, that is a secret.  :P  Makes me more suspicious of Cinder.  Torchwick and Ozpin, not so much.  But Cinder…I just have this feeling.  Mainly because of her eyes.

That also means that everyone out there, whatever OC you made as a Faunus, you are probably safe.  Including half-human half-Faunus.  And saying that drives me nuts.  If Faunus can breed with Human, that means they are Human.  Inter-species breeding does not produce viable offspring—usually it doesn’t produce offspring at all, and even if it did, the offspring would be infertile.  So This basically makes the Faunus much like the Africans when they were subjugated and oppressed.  Back in those times, Africans were considered a different species because—stupidity.  It drove me nuts when Blake told Ozpin that his “species” was not ready to accept her own, but that isn’t right.  If they can breed, they are of the same species.  Then again, that could just illustrate the ignorance that is inflaming the hatred between the two Ethnicity.

It is this interaction between “Human” and “Faunus” that I find most intriguing and very well done.  In a lot of ways, it is mirroring our own history and how oppression worked.  There was even a time, long ago, that women were seen as a different “species”.  This specific dialogue from the stream has me so excited for the continuation of the story because know I know for certain that it is going to get super deep.  And I love that whole psychology/sociology stuff.

CONCLUSION
So we got lots of good stuff.  We will have a few more history lessons—-after episode 7, 10.  Looking forward to it :D

I like Monty’s goal to synchronize the teams, because the more you do things together, the more in sync you get.  That was his initial goal, and I think he did really well in that.

I was listening to the stream again…and then I think “Did Miles just make a Cake reference?  “Goats go to hell…”

Who is Weiss Schnee?  I suddenly feel like she is one of the most tragic characters because I don’t even think *she* knows who she is.

I was thinking about everything we have seen about Weiss—from her snooty beat-down of a hapless Ruby to the sudden “we are a team!” best team-mate, all the way to trying to crack puns like Yang.  And I came to realize something.

Weiss has spent her whole life being what everyone wants her to be—or at least, what she thinks everyone wants her to be.  Yes, she may have always gotten what she wanted in a material sense—-but she never really got the things she needed.  Most likely, from the time of her birth, she was raised to be an Heiress.  The Heiress of the Schnee company is not allowed to be who she is, only what her father deems is correct.  She must be befitting her position.  Did she ever even have fun as a child?

We know now that Weiss has a sister named Winter.  There is a very strong chance that Winter is the younger sister as inheritance generally goes from oldest to youngest.  Now we understand why she always wanted bunk-beds.  That line back in Volume 1 never made sense to me because you needed a sibling whom you shared a room with to have bunk beds.  But having a younger sibling puts added pressure because now, not only do you have to be everything your parents want—but you have to be a role model for the younger sibling. 

Weiss has no problem changing herself to fit the role that she is told she must play.  The teacher told her that she is a teammate and must be that—-so she decides to be the best teammate she can be.  She doesn’t realize that being herself is the best team-mate she can be.  She hides behind the phrase “the team” because she is not in danger of showing herself.

As we watch her, it seems that she is copying the other’s traits in some ways.  Ruby’s over-the-top straightforwardness as in when she confronts Blake, and Yang’s puns as in the most recent episode.

Weiss seems to be trying so hard to live up to everyone’s expectations, to the point where she doesn’t realize that she is deciding what those expectations are.  Put all this in context with the song, “Mirror, Mirror” and it makes even more chilling sense.  Remember when she was practicing all those happy faces in the elevator and again just before the communicator came on?  How much you want to bet that she has a mirror in her room that she used specifically for practicing how to behave and how to look for her father?

With all the faces we have seen of Weiss, I don’t think we have seen the true Weiss yet.  We have seen her snooty, have seen her “mature”, seen her as a take-charge type of person—-but I think the most accurate glimpse of the real Weiss was the uncertain, nervous girl in the elevator who is trying so hard to please everyone—-to be what everyone wants her to be.

It may be that we will find out that she doesn’t *want* to be the heiress.  She never wanted to.  And it will come out in one of those big emotional climaxes that bring tears to our eyes as she tells Daddy what she truly wants and who she truly is.  There are reasons why Weiss is the main focus thus far in the series (well, bigger than Yang and Ruby)—and it isn’t just because of the Dust or her family’s connections. 

Winter is going to also play a bigger role soon.  As I said before, Winter is probably going to be very different from Weiss—-the true stuck-up evil bitch.  Most likely she *wants* the inheritance that Weiss probably does not want.  I think that in some ways she looked up to Weiss, but I just have this feeling that there is a deeper animosity that we will see come to fruition in the near future.  I don’t know why I feel this way as we have zero information about Winter, or the rest of the family—but there is a reason why Weiss put on the persona she did.  It was to survive.  It really gives you an idea of what the family might be like.  In the Afterbuzz, Kara pointed out that Weiss really comes from a broken family, and that we get to see more of the effects of this in Chapter 3.

There was another point where we saw a glimpse of the real Weiss—when she was telling Blake about the promise she made.  Here we see the truly caring and kind heart that she has—the heart that she was afraid would turn to Stone because of her family and what they wanted her to be.  Thinking back on my post last year about my speculations of Weiss, I think they are turning out to be very close to true.  I am anxious to see how Weiss’s story goes.  Sure, I am anxious for the stories of the others—-but Weiss’ story really has my attention right now.



Mirror, tell me something,
Tell me who’s the loneliest of all?

Mirror, tell me something,
Tell me who’s the loneliest of all?
Fear of what’s inside of me,
Tell me can a heart be turned to stone?

Mirror, mirror, what’s behind you?
Save me from the things I see!
I can keep it from the world,
Why won’t you let me hide from me?

Mirror, mirror, tell me something,
Who’s the loneliest of all?

I’m the loneliest of all.

RWBY S:2| A Minor Hiccup E:3 & E:4 | AfterBuzz TV AfterShow

Well, I am not really a fan of Afterbuzz…but it is nice to get some extra info from cast and crew.  I just feel like the interviewers don’t have much of a clue…the questions they ask usually make me cringe, along with their comments sometimes.  Like…don’t they get this?  Well, maybe I am just a bit biased because I never care for these kinds of shows.  But like or not, it is an important part of RWBY so enjoy the episode.

What I like is the hint of good intentions but different roads.  I mentioned it earlier after the first episode, how Ironwood and Ozpin were much like Magento and Xavier.  Recently, I had also been thinking about “What if Cinder isn’t really evil evil.”  What if she is trying to save the world in her own way?  Things are rarely what they seem, especially after only one volume and a few episodes.  We are only seeing the tip of the iceberg.

Kind of disappointed in the shipping name “Nuts and Dolts”.  All the other names are really cool and stuff, but that one is just kind of insulting to Ruby.  Sure, she is goofy but she is not a Dolt (despite what Weiss would say).  Steel Magnolia is cool, but Ruby is not a Magnolia—-she is a rose :P  What about Cyber Rose or Red Wires?  haha.  I have no clue.   I actually don’t care for shipping, but it does give ideas for beautiful visuals.  I may do art for it some day just for doing the art.

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